United Airlines Barred from entering Russian Airpsace
Thursday, 13 April 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 10:  A United Airlines plane sits on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport on June 10, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  The Environmental Protection Agency is taking the first steps to start the process of regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplane exhaust.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Shanghai, China was diverted from flying over Russian airspace for “diplomatic reasons” early Wednesday morning, passengers on the flight say.

Those diplomatic concerns forced the flight to refuel at Tokyo’s Narita airport, the flight’s captain told passengers, several of whom posted about it on social media.

One passenger named Andy Brown says that the airplane almost ran out of fuel before landing at Narita.

“Then they backed into something at Tokyo airport broke something on the plane!” he wrote in a Facebook post.

“United probably will not tell the public about this.”

Reached by Skype, Brown told The Daily Caller that he makes the flight to Shanghai about once a month and has never had a fight diverted.